Re: OpenChain Certification and Business Value
All, fantastic discussion thus far. I am jumping in at Trent’s email because it touches on a strategic development and - indeed - target for the project.toggle quoted messageShow quoted text
Today open source exists both inside the practice of SAM but somewhat dislocated from the discussion. Open source is sometimes perceived as different from “normal” software, and therefore potentially possessing some risk that stands apart. This potential perception, naturally, runs against the streams of the industry itself, whereby open source is embedded into the fabric of all software deployment today.
The fate of open source is rightfully in SAM, and ISO 5230 is a significant step towards this clear normalization of open source compliance in this manner. Adjacent to this we see other initiatives, most notably SPDX - provisionally due as an ISO standard around June - and advanced discussions with automation vendors and open source tooling projects regarding transparent interoperability.
The OpenChain Project has no specific insight into any business plan or decision by any company (naturally), we do have insight into the trends unfolding. The quip that ISO 5230 can replace 12 pages of bespoke contract language (and work better) is growing closer to a crescendo. The standard is also being applied in production to assist security, export control and M&A. The uptick of enquiries from suppliers thinking about sales optics is noticeable since graduating from ISO.
My baseline prediction is the ISO 5230 will enter a substantial number of purchasing negotiations this year, with the majority probably offering a preferred status, and a minority leaning towards a required status. These metrics will adjust with bias towards requirements in 2022.
Meanwhile, the project will collaborate with experts in the SAM space, both user companies and vendors, to place ISO 5230 in a clear context with all the other standards companies use for effectiveness, from ISO 9001 through to ISO 26262. We will seek to become as boring as possible as quickly as possible, a reflection of ensuring OpenChain is the solution adopted with as little disturbance but as much benefit as possible.
On Feb 21, 2021, at 23:18, Trent Allgood <trentallgood@...> wrote: